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The beginning of the end
SoVaNow.com / October 10, 2012The Halifax County High School varsity Comets return home for the start of their final season of Western Valley district football. The Comets, along with Franklin County and GW-Danville, will join the Piedmont next season.
The opponent Friday is a physical Franklin County club that stands 4-3 on the season. The Eagles are 1-0 in the WVD, following a 54-14 rout of William Fleming last week. HCHS was idle last week and has had two weeks to prepare for Franklin County.
The FCE have a reliable quarterback in Christian Witcher, who is 12-for-36 passing with three interceptions and 307 yards through the air. Witcher has five touchdowns, and has a long pass of 84 yards this season. Witcher has also run for 385 yards on 76 carries, with five touchdowns.
Franklin County has a physical team that favors the rushing game. Chris Tyree is the lead back, with 91 carries for 590 yards and five touchdowns, with five touchdowns. He is averaging 98.3 ypc.
FCHS has some breakout potential on kickoff returns as well.
HCHS is working against history here.
The last time the Comets, now 2-4, defeated FCHS in football came in 2007, when Halifax prevailed, 35-28, at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium. Franklin County is carrying an impressive 15-game winning streak against WVD opponents. That streak began with FCHS’ 28-17 win over the Comets in Rocky Mount in 2008.
Halifax will try to attack the Eagles with an offensive attack paced by Alonzo Bennett.
Bennett has 105 carries for 869 yards rushing, with nine touchdowns. He’s averaging 8.2 yards per carry, with one fumble.
Tyler Stephens has 61 carries for 268 yards, with five touchdowns.
HCHS has 1,391 yards rushing, with 15 rushing touchdowns, with seven fumbles.
Stephens is the leading passer, going 24-for-37, for 301 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. The Comets’ passing numbers look like this: 31-60, 425 yards, for three touchdowns with three interceptions.
Tyler Dunn has 16 catches for 121 yards, while J.J. Crews has five catches for 131 yards. Bennett has four catches for 140 yards.
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